A fine contemporary 9" by 12" pastel (19" by 21 1/2" nicely framed) drawing titled "Mission Seating", of a sun-washed stone bench in the historic courtyard of Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, signed at lower right by noted California Art Club artist KAY BONANNO (1935-). The work retains on the backing a label indicating that this work was exhibited in the spring of 1996 at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California. The exhibition was named "Puertas del Santuario: Paintings of the Mission San Juan Capistrano by Members of the California Art Club". Bonanno, New England-born, lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. For many years she has been an active participant in the California Art Club, as well as other groups including the San Diego Watercolor Society. In 1993 she won the Bronze Award issued by Art of California magazine. Bonanno is known as a talented plein air artist, working primarily in watercolor and pastel, and occasionally in oil. This work is in excellent, clean condition and is ready for display in its complementary silvery frame, which has just tiny areas of rubbing. The drawing truly captures the unique qualities of the bright Southern California sunshine, and the handling of sunshine and shadow is exemplary. Allow for reflections in some of the images.
KAY BONANNO (1935-) impressionist pastel drawing of Mission San Juan Capistrano courtyard by California Art Club artist